I do not know!

The Doctor's Life Support for 17 November

‘It is not for you to know …’

Acts 1: 7

Why should we find it so difficult to say that we do not know, for example as clinicians in front of colleagues, or as teachers in front of students? We stumble over some pathetic explanation, which is soon exposed, and we are humbled. Is it pride that causes us to pretend knowledge we do not have, or ignorance? It is so hard to be silent. ‘Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.’ (Proverbs 17: 28) Christians, particularly new Christians, are likely to fall in this way, believing that knowing Jesus gives immediate entrée to all biblical truths. Of course it is not so. It takes years of study and instruction before any overall knowledge of the Bible is achieved and even then the mature Christian becomes ever more ready to say ‘I do not know’ when that is the case. It is a matter of being truthful. Pretending knowledge one does not have is lying. More seriously the earnest enquirer may be misled or put off by untruths. Do we like playing at God? Do we not realise we are in mortal danger when we do? What then should the Christian do? The first principle must be absolute truthfulness. Only speak what is known and never stray beyond biblical truth. Secondly we need to adopt Christ’s attitude who, although God, humbled himself, making himself nothing. (Philippians 2: 7) How much more should we be humble? There are marvellous truths that even the newest Christian knows and tells with confidence. Experience will have demonstrated clearly to us that in all matters God is utterly dependable and that nothing can separate us from his love that is in Jesus. Today, let us proclaim the truths we know and speak of the new life we have found in Christ.

Written by J Harold Jones from UK

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